I have a checkbox field that is populate with user choices. I need to get the values they have selected from within a plugin. Here is my attempt. Not working.

    $entry  = craft()->entries->getEntryById($entryId, $localeId = null);
    foreach ($entry->storyCategories->options as $option) {

Can somebody please show me how to get these selected values?


You can pull an array of all the options for a checkbox field by calling getOptions():

$options = $entry->storyCategories->getOptions();

Each option will be an object with three properties, label, value and selected. To get all selected options for a field, you can loop through the options and test for the selected property:

$options = $entry->storyCategories->getOptions();
$selectedOptions = array();
foreach ( $options as $option ) {
    if ( $option->selected ) {
        $selectedOptions[] = $option;

Note that this exact code will work for Dropdown, Multi-select and Radio button fields as well.

  • A quick followup question. If I were to make a change to the selected value and push it back into craft via plugin logic, am I storing a json object? Apr 7 '15 at 0:36
  • @DavidAaronMcInnis The values are technically stored in the database as a serialized array (see the column field_storyCategories in the database table craft_content, but as long as you use the EntriesService there's no JSON involved in the transport, no. If you have any other questions regarding updating entries/fields etc. it would probably be best to create a new question :) Apr 7 '15 at 7:48

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